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Provide career inspiration to young people in Norfolk schools

The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network work with local schools and colleges supporting them to offer careers inspiration to young people. We are looking for volunteers from the world of work to support our work.

The Enterprise Adviser Network is a national programme that the New Anglia LEP is delivering at a local level. The programme aims to bridge the gap between education and the world of work and we do this by connecting local businesses with schools and colleges.

We support schools to offer high quality careers education by working with careers leaders to plan and deliver high quality careers information and guidance to prepare their young people for their future. In order to achieve this we recruit individuals from businesses to become Enterprise Advisers (EA), these EAs are then matched to specific schools to help them develop their careers plan.

EAs support their schools with careers inspiration through a range of events, such as employer talks, mock interviews, employability workshops, workplace experiences and much more. As well as working directly with students EAs can also work with school staff offering CPD sessions sharing information on the Labour Market of their sector highlighting opportunities and routes in to their organisations and the wider industry.

How can you help?

  • Volunteer to become an Enterprise Adviser. We have schools across Norfolk who are looking to be matched with employers for support. There is no requirement to commit a certain amount of time to the role it is completely down to the individual.
  • Give an Hour campaign. We understand not everyone can commit to the ‘formal’ EA volunteer role but would still like to offer support to schools on a more ad-hoc basis, we therefore ask those individuals to get in touch to register their interest so that we can contact them when we have specific events (mock interviews/careers talks etc) to ask if they would like to come along.
  • Share our programme. We ask that you share the work we do with anyone you think may be interested in supporting, whether that’s with colleagues or friends or your wider network. The more employers that young people get the chance to engage with the better.

The following links provide more information about the Enterprise Adviser Network and the possible volunteering opportunities:

If you are interested in supporting the Enterprise Adviser Network or would like more information please get in touch on

About the author

Ashley Ruthven

Ashley Ruthven
New Anglia LEP

Senior Enterprise Coordinator at the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. I work on the Enterprise Adviser Network Project supporting schools and colleges to delivering impactful careers programmes for young people, preparing them for the fast changing world of work.

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